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NSW Under 12s bag victory in PSSA National Champs

  
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9/25/2012
By NSW Rugby Union


The state’s up and coming rugby stars have proved themselves the best in Australia, taking victory at the Primary Schools Sports Association National Championships in Melbourne at the weekend.

Selected from over 250 youngsters who took part in the PSSA State Carnival held in Armidale last month, the 22-strong squad drawn from 20 schools across the state took part in a number of weekend camps in preparation for the National Championships.  Their determination and enthusiasm paid off, with handsome victories against ACT (49-5) and South Australia (88-0) securing their passage to the Grand Final, where they came from behind to record an emphatic 48-12 win over Victoria.

Despite going 12-0 down after just 10 minutes, the youngsters kept their composure to score 22 unanswered points and give them a 10-point advantage at the break, before racking up another 26 without reply in the second half.  Opening the scoring was Player of the Tournament Finn Carlin from Junction Public School, whose hat trick accounted for three of the side’s eight try haul, with Dylan Lucas scoring a double with two very skilful efforts and hard running Players’ Player Jordan Te Wani and tenacious Daniel Darwall each crossing.  A late effort from Tadgh Murphy sealed an impressive 48-12 victory for NSW and saw them retain the Phil Waugh Shield (national title) to add to the Trevor Allen Shield awarded to the winner of matches between NSW and ACT.

Having met HSBC Waratahs’ flanker Pat McCutcheon and former Wallabies and Waratahs’ legends Tim Gavin and Tim Wallace at last month’s State Carnival, the squad drew further inspiration for their successful 2012 campaign from a visit to Waratahs Rugby HQ, where they received a personal message of support from the new HSBC Waratahs’ head coach Michael Cheika and were presented with their jerseys by Club Captain McCutcheon before enjoying a behind the scenes tour of the squad’s IBM Centre elite training base. 

A number of the current HSBC Waratahs squad members have come through the PSSA system, with Tom Kingston and new signing Michael Hooper among those to have represented NSW at the PSSA National Championships. 

2012 NSW Primary Schools Sports Association squad

 

Name

School

Region

Tries

Cons

Points

1

Nathan Zylstra

The Scots College Prep School

CIS

 

 

 

2

Terrence Faaoloii

Cabramatta Public School

Sydney SW

1

 

5

3

William McLennan

St Ignatius College

CIS

 

 

 

4

Henry Puhotau

Campbelltown North Public School

Sydney SW

1

 

5

5

Harry Hanley

St Joseph’s, Port Macquarie

Polding

1

 

5

6

Rua Ngatikuara

John Warby Public School

Sydney SW

 

 

 

7

Daniel Darwall

Castle Hill Public School

Sydney W

1

 

5

8

Benjamin Collins

St Pius X College

CIS

1

 

5

9

Harry Wilson

St Augustine’s, Brookvale

Polding

1

12

29

10

Charlie Savala

Waverley College, Waterford Campus

CIS

 

 

 

11

Dylan Lucas

Albion Park Public School

South Coast

4

 

20

12

Jordan Te Wani

Green Point Christian College

CIS

4

 

20

13

Finn Carlin

The Junction Public School

Hunter

9

 

45

14

‘Ali Taufa’ao

Hunter Christian School

CIS

2

 

10

15

Mat Smith

Edgeworth Public School

Hunter

 

4

8

16

Jacob Snowball

Edgeworth Public School

Hunter

 

 

 

17

Kingsley Jennings

St Paul’s, Rutherford

Polding

 

 

 

18

Harrison Armour

St Patrick’s College, Strathfield

CIS

1

 

5

19

Tadgh Murphy

Waverley College, Waterford Campus

CIS

2

 

10

20

Sebastian Strang

Cranbrook Junior School

CIS

 

 

 

21

Bailey Antrobus

St Therese’s, Wollongong

Mackillop

 

 

 

22

Freddy Lussick

St Augustine’s, Brookvale

Polding

 

 

 

Coach: Andrew Watson (Ben Venue Public School)
Manager: John Carters  (Werrington Public School          
Convenor: Matt Lewis (Lidcombe Public School)

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